Martin Flashman's Courses - Math 115 Fall, 2011
Tentative Course Information- Subject to Change
Algebra and Elementary Functions
14:00 15:20 NR 101
Work in Progress
"Lecture 31" W 800 850
"Lecture 32" W 900 950
"Lecture 33" W 1100 1150
W 1400 1450 FR_107
OFFICE: BSS 356 E-MAIL: flashman at humboldt.edu
hours :(Tentative) MT R
8:15-9:50; W 3:10-4:15 and by appointment or chance.
Alternative M115 Faculty Shared Office Hours
Tim Lauck (BSS 336): W: 4-5; F
11:15-1:15 Pete Goetz (BSS 358) : M
PREREQUISITE: Math code 40 (or better) or
IMPORTANT: You may not need this course to take calculus. MATH
PLACEMENT at HSU now includes a test to see if you are ready for
You can take the Math Department Diagnostic Placement Test.
If you think you have demonstrated capability to do the work in this
course in previous course work, you should see me AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
The test will be given again Wednesday Aug., 24th, 5:00 pm.
A quick self-check on your capability to proceed to a calculus course
may be found on the course Moodle page using the Baseline Course
Pre-Test, which you can access as a guest if you are not yet enrolled
in the class.
Baseline Course Pre-Test
All Math 115 students in this class should take the Required Baseline
Course Pre-Test on-line by Thursday, August 25th.
The test will take about 1 hour.
Print the results of the test and bring the results to submit in class
This work will not count toward your grade, but:
Failure to submit this work by 5 pm on
Thursday, August 25th may result in being dropped from the course
Catalog Description: In-depth treatment of exponential,
logarithmic,trigonometric, and polynomial functions. Prereq: HSU MATH
42 or 44 or 45 or math code 40.
TEXT: Precalculus: A Right Triangle
Approach, 4/EPearson, 2012) with
MyMathLab/MyStatLab Student Access Kit
MOODLE: The course syllabus,
announcements, and posted materials for the course will be available on
Moodle. Access to the course page on Moodle will be available to guests
without current enrollment until the September 15.
On-Line Materials: Sensible
PreCalculus (Text Notes plus) by M. Flashman
SCOPE: We will cover topics primarily related to theory and
application of Functions: Polynomial, Rational, Exponential,
Logarithmic, and Trigonometric. Supplementary materials will be
provided as appropriate.
TESTS and ASSIGNMENTS: Homework assignments are made
regularly. We will use MyMathLab (which is linked through the
Moodle course page) to assign and grade homework. You should
check MyMathLAb regularly for current homework assignments.[These will
be also announced in class.]
Homework results should be recorded by 1:00 pm of the due date
[Usually a Tuesday or Thursday] to receive full credit. I will
discuss this further at the first class meeting. Assignments will
be discussed in class on a daily basis.
The class quizzes (100 points each,
usually taking 15-30 minutes) will be given on Wednesdays as in-class
tests during the section meetings.**
These quizzes will have problems similar to assignments and class
In most cases a missed quiz will be
graded 0. The best 6 of the first 7 quizzes together with the 8th quiz
will be used for the course grade.
Calculus Readiness Diagnostic Test:
During the last week of classes students will take an on-line calculus
readiness diagnostic test. Besides assisting students in focusing work
prior to the final exam, submission of the reported test score will be
used for 40 points of the grade.
The final examination
for the course will be comprehensive.
The final examination is scheduled for
Thursday, December 15 @ 15:00.
**MAKE-UP TESTS WILL NOT BE GIVEN
EXCEPT FOR VERY SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES!
It is the student's responsibility to request a makeup promptly,
especially for unauthorized absence.
On Wednesdays the class will meet in separate sections for which you
have registered. "Section" assignments may be done in partnerships (at
most three people to a partnership) and submitted at the end of section
time. "Section" time will also be used for quizzes and presentations.
You are expected to attend the section for which you are
Assigned Seating and Attendance: After August
31, students will have a seat assigned for the lecture meetings.
You may be marked absent if you are not in your assigned seat by 14:10
or at 15:15.
Absence from a section
meeting is considered the same as absence from a lecture meeting of the
class for attendance.
WARNING: MORE THAN 4 ABSENCES CUMULATIVE FROM
LECTURE OR SECTION MEETINGS
MAY LOWER YOUR FINAL GRADE FOR
POOR ATTENDANCE. *
** DAILY ATTENDANCE SHOULD BE A HABIT***
GRADES: Final grades will be
determined taking into consideration the quality of work done in the
course as evidenced primarily from the accumulation of points
from tests and various assignments.
The final examination will be be
worth either 400 or 600 points determined by the following rule:
The final grade will use the final
examination score that maximizes the average for the term based on all
|Quizzes 1-7 Best 6 scores
|Calculus Readiness Diagnostic
|Homework ( on MyMathLab)
||400 or 600 points
||1500 or 1700 points
A grade of less than 50% on the final
examination may result in a final grade of F without offsetting
high quality work on the other parts of the course.
Notice that 1100 or 1300 of these
points are from formal in-class quizzes and examinations, so regular participation is essential to forming a good
foundation for your grades as well as your learning.
FINAL GRADES: Though final grades for the course are subject to
my discretion, I will use the following overall percentages based on
the total number of points for your work to determine the broader range
of grades for the course. A 85-100% ; B 75- 84% ; C 65- 74% ;
D 50- 64% ; F 0- 49%
Disabilities: Persons who
wish to request disability-related accommodations should contact the
Student Disability Resource Center in House 71, 826-4678 (voice) or
826-5392 (TDD). Some accommodations may take up to several weeks to
•Add/Drop policy: ** See the
University rules and dates
related to the following:
Students are responsible for knowing
the University policy, procedures, and schedule for dropping or adding
- No drops will be allowed
without "serious and compelling reasons" and a fee after this date.
- No drops allowed after this
- Students wishing to be graded
with either CR or NC should make this request using the web
•Emergency evacuation: Please review the evacuation plan for
the classroom (posted on the orange signs) , and review http://studentaffairs.humboldt.edu/emergencyops/campus_emergency_preparedness.php for information on campus Emergency
Procedures. PLEASE, take a moment to download and read this page
carefully. Although it may seem as a waste of time to you right now, it
may save your life one day and you will not have time to read it when
you really need it.
During an emergency, information can be found campus conditions at:
826-INFO or http://www.humboldt.edu/emergency
•Academic honesty: Students are responsible for knowing
policy regarding academic honesty: http://studentaffairs.humboldt.edu/judicial/academic_honesty.php
disruptive behavior: Students
are responsible for knowing policy regarding attendance and disruptive
A computer or a graphing calculator can be used for many problems. We
will use Winplot and Microsoft Xcel.
Graphing Calculators: Graphing calculators are welcome
and highly recommended.
- $$ Winplot
from Rick Parris's
website or directly from this link for Winplot .
- Online help for Winplot is available.
- If you would like to purchase a graphing calculator, let me know.
The best calculators currently.for taking calculus are the TI 89, the
HP 49 series, and the Casio (C)FX-9700+ or1.0.
- Students wishing help with any graphing calculator should
plan to bring their calculator manual with them. I try to help
with technology when possible during office hours or by appointment (not
Use of Office Hours: Many
students find pre-calculus difficult because of weakness in their
algebra background skills and concepts. A grade of C in Math 44
or intermediate algebra might indicate this kind of weakness.
Difficulties that might have been ignored or passed over in previous
courses can be a major reason for why things don't make sense now. You
may use my office hours for some additional work on these background
areas either as individuals or in small groups. My office time is
also available to discuss quizzes, routine
problems from homework after they have been discussed in class, as well
as using technology.
Regular use of my time outside of class should be especially useful
for students having difficulty with the work and wishing to improve
through a steady approach to mastering skills and concepts.
be shy about asking for an appointment outside of the scheduled office
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